By MELISSA RIDGEN – APTN Investigates
An Aboriginal-owned investment group that was supposed to help end poverty on Manitoba First Nations instead blew its money on strippers, booze, fancy food and exotic trips, APTN Investigates has learned.
Corporate credit card statements from Tribal Councils Investment Group show $13,000 spent over two days in 2012 at Sapphire, a high-end Vegas strip club.
Another American Express statement shows $5,300 spent one day at “L.R. Inc Etobicoke.”
A profile of strip clubs aimed at businessmen visiting Toronto on the website nowtoronto.com, says “The Landing Strip … (is a ) high-end club in west Etobicoke… for business discretion, strip chips charged to a client’s credit card appear as D.E. Limited or L.R. Inc.”
Another statement shows a $3,800 dinner at Prime, a posh eatery at the Bellagio hotel in Vegas.
Over the course of five days in January 2012, $3,900 was spent at Hy’s Steakhouse in Winnipeg.
All of the charges were on credit card statements made out to former TCIG CEO Allan McLeod’s.